(Corrects paragraph 1 to remove negative impact of colder
winter. The company said results were enhanced by its response
to the adverse weather)
March 6 Kroger Co, the biggest U.S.
supermarket operator, reported an 8.7 percent fall in quarterly
The company, which owns the Ralphs, Smith's and Food 4 Less
chains, said net income attributable to Kroger fell to $422
million, or 81 cents per share, from $462 million, or 88 cents
per share, a year earlier.
Total sales fell 3.7 percent to $23.2 billion in the fourth
quarter ended Feb. 1.
(Reporting by Aditi Shrivastava and Lisa Baertlein)